If Malala were an Indian

Published May 23, 2013 01:01am

SO what are we going to tell Malala Yousafzai? How shall we break the news to her?

The elections in Pakistan are over. It was a historical event all right, not least because of the enormity of the opposition to it. One elected government handing over power to another set of elected politicians is a rare event for Pakistan.

Now the question is: how should the young Malala see the incoming prime minister’s reaching out to the Taliban? They are her tormentors but he wants to mend fences with them.

Much of the foreign invasion of Afghanistan was advertised as a measure to liberate the Malalas from the patriarchal country’s hand-reared mediaeval rulers. Are we looking at a U-turn ahead, on both sides of the Durand Line?

It was one of them, or one with their mindset that shot the Yousafzai girl in the head. Why is it laughable, which it is, to think they would be punished?

The world celebrated the braveheart’s heroic work in Swat, where she was spreading education in the tiny spaces spared by bomb shelters and religious atavism. She has recovered miraculously from the near-fatal wound. Resolute Malala. But there’s the other larger business to be transacted too.

Should we tell her that exigency of statecraft, restoring peace in the country, in the region, reviving the economy and so forth warrant the embracing of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Taliban with both hands, much as we abhor their agenda?

The story is not terribly unique to Pakistan. In fact, the cusp of the moment looks quite similar to the day in India in 1991-92 when the government in New Delhi secretly began dating the IMF to avert loudly announced fears of defaulting. The opposition helpfully trotted off to Ayodhya to move the focus from the undisclosed deal.

There is an invisible link between the Taliban and the IMF. They are both equipped to subvert democracy; one does it frontally, the other by the backdoor.

They are both self-righteously obsessed with corruption in their own ways claiming it is possible to eradicate chronic pelf and acute plunder without fixing the inequities that breed it.

Be it the zealous private militias eyeing their chance to collar dissent or the private carpetbaggers drooling at the crumbling economy, symbolised by the failing power grid and its distribution system in Pakistan — they can go hand in hand. When they do, the ‘good Taliban’ become a reality.

Hindutva leaders in India’s Gujarat state have showcased a smooth blending of right-wing religious street power with corporate interests. ‘Taliban’ is clearly not a Muslim thing. And it is not the only example to have succeeded in bludgeoning the people, election or no election.

The privatisation of power hasn’t worked in Delhi. But it’s looming in Pakistan. That’s only one example of the remedy that people in distress will be entitled to.

Malala was shot during the celebrated rule of a supposedly secular dispensation. Shias, Hazaras, eclectic Sunnis and, of course, the ubiquitous urban minorities — Hindus, Christians, Ahmadis were at the receiving end during five years of PPPs largely unremarkable rule.

The party didn’t carry out the crimes but can be blamed for the rise of the forces that did. The lot of the terrorised minorities in this case was not different from the fate inflicted on Malala’s many unsung comrades who have either fallen or are battling on against the daunting odds.

What if the girl from Swat were raised in India? She would be in the ranks of some seriously iconic women who are leading the fight on issues that are not too dissimilar to the ones confronting Pakistan. Gender justice, honour killing, protection of constitutional guarantees to the minorities, communalism and mob violence, depredation of the environment, corporate land grab, cornering of water and mineral resources by the ruling elite, criminal neglect of education and the transfer of healthcare budgets towards a militarised police state.

Malala would have loved working with INSAF (not the Pakistani party), which stands for Indian Social Action Forum. In the absence of a robust social democratic forum or even a remotely thriving left movement, many of the well-meaning potential cadres have become NGO activists.

INSAF is working with some 700 Indian NGOs, ranging from the protesters against a nuclear power plant in Koodunkulam in Tamil Nadu to a campaign to quash the Armed Forces Special Powers Act used by the army to inflict unbridled brutality in Kashmir and Manipur. INSAF works among Indian women, Adivasis, Dalits and Muslims with a secular and progressive agenda.

Recently India’s home ministry sealed the group’s accounts, saying its foreign funds were against India’s public interest. For a state that craves foreign funding to carry out its well-documented anti-poor agenda this was not a surprising move.

Malala would notice the similarities between the Taliban and a notionally working democracy. A rule thrown at the NGOs reads like the future of any Third World country.

According to the rule, the government arrogates to itself the power to take action against any group that “habitually indulges in bandhs, hartals, rasta roko, rail roko, or jail bharo” — all non-violent and democratic forms of protest, a tactic that emerged from India’s freedom struggle and which is recognised around the world as a legitimate form of protest.

Malala Yousafzai may find it tricky to choose between the frontal assault of the Taliban, and the sleight of hand of a widely lauded democracy.

The writer is Dawn’s correspondent in Delhi.

jawednaqvi@gmail.com

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Comments (88) (Closed)


UK
May 23, 2013 11:11am
Absolute senseless writing and no meaning at all. I feel the writer was writing under alcohol influence. What a waste of space in such a well reputed website.
NotReallyNeeded
May 23, 2013 11:05am
Not exactly... bt if by mistake she was born in lower castes, she'd've had reservations to support her even more...
Ghazala
May 23, 2013 03:36am
May be Malala would like to live in India. How about the writer request for Indian citizenship for Malala along with peace prize. I say all those who love India should migrate to India or at least try to visit for extended time. Ghazala
Silajit
May 23, 2013 03:50am
Jawed bhai, apun ko kuch bhi samajh mein nahin aayaa!!! The IMF is simply saying that if you want a loan from me, I will provide it with these pre-conditions. Given the precarious state of affairs, India agreed and it was a good thing because it led to an improvement in the economy. Reforms were carried out that would have been hard to do without a back to the wall. Yes there are industrialist low life form in India today - no different from similar low life form before the IMF loan. Where does the Taliban come into any of this? And then Malala? Sorry, I don't get it.
Sue Sturgess
May 23, 2013 03:51am
How can you say "‘Taliban’ is clearly not a Muslim thing."? How many non-muslims are members of the Taliban?
Abhi
May 23, 2013 03:54am
Naqvi Sa'ab Definifning characteristics of your articles is that they are (1) incoherent, jumping from one thing to another with no logical connection and (2) your comparisons border on the idiotic. Hopefully you will notice your shortcomings and rectify them soon, for some sensible stuff to emerge out of your mind.
Umesh Gupta
May 23, 2013 04:03am
What is he trying to say? In the name of Malala, he is only criticizing India as usual.
Samir Dutt
May 23, 2013 04:12am
"The elections in Pakistan are over. It was a historical event all right, not least because of the enormity of the opposition to it." It is certainly a historical event since it happened and is over, but didn't you mean to say "historic"?
sudhir
May 23, 2013 04:15am
Mr Naqvi does India a great disservice by adopting a journalistic style which tends to equate any issues with Pakistan society with the ones in India. I am an Indian. I like Pakistan. I love India and I do not see these positions as being mutually contradictory. What is however indisputable in my mind is that the issues that Pakistan faces around minority community treatment are of a materially diferent order compared to what india has faced. In India the Muslim community has grown since Independence to 15+%. They worship freely and in almost all aspects come across as equal citizens. The one place where the community (in general ) lags is education and it is progressive elements (not the pretend progressives like Mr Naqvi) within the Indian muslim community who are addressing that too . Protection of human rights, life, property are clearly not issues here on the scale that Mr Naqvi paints them to be. For Mr Naqvi to sit in india and pull down aspects of India habitually is doing a singular disservice to his readers in Pakistan as well. For someone across the border who reads these columns I suspect the image of India that is conjured is of an intolerant society where Muslims are suppressed or live in fear. Trust me, they do not. Gujarat was an abhorrent, isolated incident. Folks here pray freely, live freely and opine freely. India is a society which has it's warts and numberous ones at that. Every society does and every society will. Suppressing minority communities is however not one of those. i wish there were more availaibility of visas for Pak citizens to come and move around freely in India to see the truth instead of to hear the rants of Mr Naqvi disguised in a patina of left-leaning supposedly progressive comments.
(Dr.) B.N. Anand
May 23, 2013 05:15pm
Another irrelevant writing and wasted time in reading it. His topics are known and his views are equally known. There is no freshness in what he writes. He must move with times and write as what youth want if he is to be relevant to the present generation.
Omer Shahid
May 23, 2013 04:35am
You are no better than the people who use dead bodies of Muslim children to justify suicide bombing on civilians. I just hope "Men of power" are not as irrational as you are.
sid
May 23, 2013 04:36am
This guy is delusional. Equating Pakistan and India just for sake of attacking Modi is funny enough , now dragging the poor girl to make a point
Hans
May 23, 2013 04:36am
What a joke, can we please forget her now and think about other problems faced daily by the citizens which equaly make life miserable. Wish I was dead by Taliban instead of living in the stone age. 20 hours loadshedding.
Raja
May 23, 2013 05:17pm
Per BBC poll:North Korea, Pakistan and Iran came out worst in terms of how they are viewed globally. Only 15% of respondents said they saw Iran as having a mainly positive influence.
rohan
May 23, 2013 04:58am
Nakbi sahab . you may be true on your account except the Gujrat right wing Hindutwa and Ayodhya
masa
May 23, 2013 05:03am
Its good to see Javed Naqvi in his original color of Hate -India after a long time... Keep it up !!
Vijay K
May 23, 2013 05:10am
Mr Naqvi's writings get more and more bizarre by the day. Im not sure how he managed to drag Malala in this article.
Indian
May 23, 2013 05:17am
If she were Indian, she wouldn't have the problem of taliban
vivek
May 23, 2013 05:46am
The auther unsuccessfully tried to put India completely in Pakistan's league.Perhaps he cannot digest India's progress vis-a-vis Pakistan and by any means, he want to prove India no better place than Pakistan.Such extreme bias is not good.
farmerdr
May 23, 2013 05:59am
"There is an invisible link between the Taliban and the IMF. They are both equipped to subvert democracy; one does it frontally, the other by the backdoor". I agree with the above. US/UK on the one hand and Taliban on the other although enemies to each other both have agendas in conflict with an autonomous, progressive Pakistan. Saudi Arabia is a (sometimes reluctant) partner to one or both forces. I hope our rulers always keep this in mind. Grateful as we are for Saudi handouts, these should not unduly influence our decisions made in national self interest. In this regard I am pessimistic that PMLN will not make Pakistan tread a regressive path to please Saudi princes.
Mohsin shah
May 23, 2013 06:08am
This is apropos of the Javed Naqvi's column If Malala were an Indian. Sir I am very much impressed with the work which Malala has done. She is no doubt the symbol of strength,bravery and courage but there are few questions which I always want to ask. She has been given a phenomenal importance in our media. if I am not wrong I think she is no more than 14 years. Firstly,What extra ordinary work she has done? There are lot of girls in Swat who not only goes to school themselves but also encourage others for the same purpose. If you guys are aware of the literacy rate and some facts about the swat their are lot of girls who are the student of medical colleges, engineering universities and so on. Secondly, If a person open a gun fire on anybody I think the range of Klachenchof is 400 meter. if someone lie in this range it is out of question for being saved. How come she has been shot in head and than saved so miraculously? She is really very talented and astonishingly intelligent girl, She is like a light hose for all the other girls sitting in homes. yet I need the clarification of my queries which are stirring my mind.
Sham
May 23, 2013 06:22am
Hmm, a choice between getting shot in the head vs getting arrested for blocking traffic. For most people this would not be a difficult one, but not so for Mr Naqvi..
El Cid
May 23, 2013 05:27pm
And I am much obliged to Dawn for that but as you can see I am not the only one the author has caused to think. There are hordes of other readers and commentators too, including you, who have been intrigued by his writing. I am still in the process of getting an education. But thank you or the compliment.What you have observed is that I explore the path less traveled. That I am not among the sheep. That I walk alone. In any case a forensic audit or a differential analysis will demonstrate my truth that “Taliban” has been invented as a catch all phrase which can only lead to a faulty diagnosis and end result failure. Eleven years of conflict and loss of numerous precious lives proves my point and the strength of my analysis. Remember this: If you fail to identify the problem you can't solve it...bang your head against the wall all you want as US-NATO-PAK has been doing for a decade or more with little to show it. There are more “Taliban” now, of many persuasions, then were there eleven years ago.
phoolshool
May 23, 2013 10:27am
Thanks to Indian Democracy people like Javed Naqvi are able to get away with such articles. It is not that he is not aware of the realities, but he deliberately likes to throw mud at India and intently ignore all that good is happening around. Nobody claims that everything is hunky dory in India, but it is time people like Naqvi grow up. This is not an opinion of a BJP wala or any other wala, but an ordinary Indian citizen. Mr. Naqvi enough venom against India, but still India is large hearted enough to bear all that and much more. Keep writing and gloat over it.
Mohan Menon
May 23, 2013 10:30am
Few topics for the idea deprived,tasteless author Jawed Naqvi-If there were no India only Pakistan?If there were only Muslims in this world?If the sky and sea were green in colour?finally if Jawed Naqvi is was a Pakistani?Let the dreams not end...sleep tight..
Shahryar Shirazi
May 23, 2013 07:36am
Read the article again and you'll get your answer Shahryar
El Cid
May 23, 2013 07:52am
Plenty. Many are clearly and obviously not Muslim. "Taliban" is not one entity.
excalibur
May 23, 2013 07:59am
Well put by the author. Comments so far by non Pakistanis who can be forgiven to miss out on the Malala significance
K G Surendran
May 23, 2013 08:05am
As usual STRANGE LOGIC of Mr. Naqvi at play. How can you compare apples and oranges, possibly the sole preserve of a few writers.
Manoj
May 23, 2013 08:35am
Just intellectual gymnastics by Javed Naqvi. Not clear what he is trying to say.
Rashid Sultan
May 23, 2013 08:41am
Column inches wasted by the newspaper on this article. The author fails in his effort to draw parallels where none exist. If I were to grade it he'd score 2 out of 10 at best. He should really seek some other form of employment.
harsh
May 23, 2013 09:14am
@author what if you wwere pakistani?? write an article on this.
Saumitra
May 23, 2013 09:38am
Let me correct this article. Firstly if Malala were an Indian she wouldn't have been shot. For article's sake if we assume she got shot for spreading education among females by some "taliban" then the situation would have been something like this: - Massive protests in Delhi especially around India Gate and Jantar Mantar, later spreading to various cities through college students and social media. - Government being asked to resign by the opposition and parliament deadlock. - Finally government coming up with some new law for gender empowerment and scholarships for education of girl child. - The attackers caught and being tried in a full media covered trial. - Arnab Goswami yelling his throats out on the idiot box with "India wants to know Mr.Home Minister ..." - Malala back to her hometown and to her school. - By this time she would be a celebrity on Indian television and an icon of hundreds of organisations. - A Bollywood film rolling out in a couple of months :)
VIVEK
May 23, 2013 10:02am
don't forget had she being indian , depending opon caste she would have been born in will seal her fate too.
Dr Hemant Junnarkar
May 23, 2013 10:02am
I read Naqui's article and again found it to be as usual a confused one. Whether this confusion is intentional or unintentional, he only knows. His style is to give one heading, start with another topic and mix all multiple issues to force his hidden views. Is it possible that a girl like Malala should solve the complicated issues discussed by Mr Naqui? Why does Mr Naqui do this mischievous business to undermine the work done by her? I think now it is high time for Dawn to say goodbye to this average writer or if Dawn is short of writers, at least ask Mr Naqui to read his own article to understand what it means, before submitting to Dawn.
JP Singh
May 23, 2013 04:07pm
Let him write riddles, he may (may) succede there.
Gautham
May 23, 2013 12:10pm
I don't think his views any pro Pakistani. He has a knack of inviting this scathing commentary at his articles. In fact, his own daughters don't share his views ( as per his own admission). He is a grumpy man, unhappy with modern India and unable to digest the societal attitudes that are being shaped by this ever ambitious new generation as well as some in old generation. The generation he comes from, the political views he represent (highly leftist), it is quite normal to see everything associated with "progress" a with suspicion. Such views do exist in India and not all of us may like it. However comparing Indian Govt with Taliban is preposterous even if it were meant to give a jolt to some imaginary smug populace, besotted in 'India Shining' stories.
Raj
May 23, 2013 12:45pm
I ignore you Mr. Javed Naqvi.
B R Chawla
May 23, 2013 12:49pm
Mr. Naqvi You could have written straight about buyin peace with radicals than to drag India, Hindutva etc. Save your talent for writing meanibgful essays. Chawla
abc
May 23, 2013 01:46pm
The Great Jawed Naqvi is at it again. You work too hard sir, you deserve a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo........................ng holiday.
Golkanda
May 23, 2013 01:53pm
Mr Naqvi Your article made abolutely no sense to me at all. You tried to relate it to India, Hindutawa, IMF, a total non sense, You need a good rest, better not to write anything than writting something which will make no sense to anybody
nasir siddique
May 24, 2013 02:03pm
Dear All, The purpose of the article is very clear. we are looking to shkae hands and make friends with an organisation that is unwilling to mend its ways. Do you honestly think that the Taliban will bend its crroked interpretation of Islam and become mor humane. Instead it will end us that the civilsed people of Pakistan will have to bend over to make a deal with these terrorists.
aaa
May 23, 2013 03:52pm
Let's stop usig poor malala in our articles. She wants it or not she is evey 3rd day in different article.
Yuri Kondratyuk
May 23, 2013 02:16pm
@Gautham, I agree. The clueless leftist liberal generations of the 60's and 70's were most idiotic India has ever produced.
Yuri Kondratyuk
May 23, 2013 02:21pm
@El Cid, You Sir, are one of those rare human beings to whom Mr. Naqvi's articles are intended for. Unfortunately for him, not many of your ilk are educated.
Hold your horses
May 23, 2013 02:30pm
I couldn't fathom this one....
Pityu4urbigotry
May 23, 2013 02:41pm
Same goes for Pakistan...but when it comes to that, Indians don't agree. How does it feel to be unjustly on the receiving end?
Vivek Raj
May 23, 2013 02:53pm
The very fact that Naqvi keeps writing speaks volumes on freedom of expression in India. Please try to take hindu cause in Pakistan & see what happens from the impotent regime & its ilk.
Aniket
May 23, 2013 02:54pm
My dear Indian folks, I don't think Naqvi Sahab has any ill-intentions. He doesn't mean to sling mud on India. Rather, he loves the people and the culture of India, as is evident from his critiques of Indian music and literature. He's just an old-fashioned person, who still likes to hold the same values and ideas (strongly leftist) which were prevalent in the previous generation, but which people of our generation do not hold. That is why many (wrongly) assume him to be anti-India. Then, he tries to draw parallels where none exist. And finally, he doesn't put himself in the reader's shoes while writing, but writes while he's on his own ego trips and flights of fantasy, lost in his own world. Thereby making himself unintelligible to his readers. Due to these reasons, he comes across as ill-intention-ed as well as lacking in competence, which is just too bad. It really pains me to see a fellow Lucknow-ite, that too a highly respected Tehzeebdar Shia Lucknawi like Mr. Naqvi to be so ridiculed such. Would request him to focus on topics where his mastery lies, like Classical Music and Literature. Also, the Lucknow literary scene is sorely missing him. The new generation of Lucknowites could learn so much from him. Do come back, sir, to your hometown where you will get the love and respect you so much deserve. Aniket Sharma IIM, Lucknow.
Bawant
May 23, 2013 03:00pm
Sir, I don't think you are an Indian at all,so stop masking. All Indians in present day India will come out openly for the girl,irrespective of her religion or caste,if the news of her oppression comes out. Drink your coffee & stop fooling.
HNY2013
May 23, 2013 03:08pm
So you mean all this was staged?
HNY2013
May 23, 2013 03:09pm
U just got a 15 billion bailout ...........at least be thankful to SA
kamaljit singh
May 23, 2013 03:11pm
Mr. Naqvi overrate himself and work hard to make the simple story/message into an unreadable and uninteresting peace. So called liberals always try to bring hindutava in order to do a balancing act.
nasir siddique
May 24, 2013 02:05pm
they are friends because they were flexible, understood the big picture and were able to keep their word. I would hardly think that the Taliban can be compared to US or Japan. As for flexibility, least said the better. Our new government will bend over backwards to try to accomodate them and we are going to become a bigger mess than before as they will be given a free hand all over Pakistan.
Rashid Sultan
May 23, 2013 05:42pm
But Malala is an Indian! So why "if she were ...?"
Nouri
May 24, 2013 12:33pm
It's really poor editing by Dawn that's to be blamed.
vijay
May 23, 2013 06:19pm
Can you tell me what positive things have been going on in Pakistani except bomb blast and drone attack.
Woe Is Me
May 23, 2013 06:21pm
Good observation!
SubhSubhBol
May 23, 2013 06:32pm
Lo kar lo baat.....talk abt Javed Naqvi being a conspiracy theorist.....here comes another one......u r right....swat is the most developed region in the whole world.....log khub aman chaiyan se rehte hain wahan......MIT is thinking of a collaboration with some of the colleges there to learn the upcoming cutting edge research findings and port it to the western world.....
Jey
May 23, 2013 08:04pm
In general, there are people who agree with the writer's opinion and there are those who dont. It is exclusive to Mr. Naqvi's write-up that both these set of people seem to agree upon - i.e. Mr. Naqvi's blogs rarely makes any sense. Good job Mr. Naqvi, you have done what other authors/bloggers could not achieve. Mr. Naqvi, you are on the top of the 'Dawn' blogger's popularity list but in the reverse order. Thanks but no thanks for your articles.
Naila
May 23, 2013 08:39pm
Please, stop EXPLOITING Malala's name to push your agendas .. she DESERVES that!
Sandip
May 23, 2013 09:06pm
Thank you Mr. Naqvi. Much as I disagree with some of what you write at times, I do appreciate your effort to hold a mirror to our Indian society. One doesn't have to be a leftist to recognize some of the imbalances that our society is trying to come to grips with. Even as a person who has had his fair share of opportunities, I do recognize that there are a great lot of our fellow citizens who do not get that opportunity for lack of a fairer system and the lack of a government that works as per laws. However I would also say that our democracy is still a work in progress and it's the duty of all of us to ensure that it delivers.
Anon
May 23, 2013 09:09pm
...what? Mr. Naqvi, that was the most incoherent and utterly disconnected-from-reality piece of writing I've had the misfortune of reading all week. I mean, did you even read that article out loud before publishing it? What are you even trying to say?
Sandip
May 23, 2013 09:13pm
Mr. Menon, who are you to insinuate that Mr. Naqvi should go to Pakistan just because you happen to not like what he writes? This is our country, Mr. Naqvi's, yours and mine too. This talk of someone being a Pakistani, just because he happens to be critical of something in our society and him being a muslim is passe now. It got over in 1947 when all Indians decided to stay in India. It would be good if you got over it as well. What if I were to charge you of being a Pakistani since you do not want the ills of Indian society to be corrected and hence want to leave India burdened with some of the problems that Mr. Naqvi has tried to highlight?
Ram Narayanan
May 23, 2013 09:22pm
I suggest Naqvi write about a what if situation about Malala being a Chinese. Obviously, he would not say anything bad about the totalitarianism and lack of democracy in China, the eternal masters of Pakistan!
Labadi
May 23, 2013 10:22pm
You're right, he just wants Mughal rule to come back
Parrot
May 24, 2013 12:07am
Then why did you read the article and took time to comment?
Parrot
May 24, 2013 12:11am
This is called Indian Massala.
Parrot
May 24, 2013 12:18am
India's progress about female liberty in New Delhi?
Parrot
May 24, 2013 12:21am
If not for the people like this girl who stand up to Taliban like deeds, you wouldn't be even living. Not to talk about stone age - you are using computer.
zafarov
May 24, 2013 01:08am
@ Mohsin Shah Raising questions and doubts about whether Malala was shot in the first place, is living in denial. You cast aspersions on the probity and honour of all the dedicated and conscientious doctors and nurses who treated Malala, starting with Lt. Col. Junaid Khan, our army surgeon, who performed a very difficult operation to remove the bullet, and his entire medical team as well the medical staff at what is internationally recognised as one of the finest hospital in the world for the kind of specialised treatment Malala required. Basically you are suggesting that these highly skilled professionals who have dedicated their lives to save human lives, somehow engaged in a gigantic fraud in Malala’s case. This of course in no way undermines their admirable distinction and standing but it reveals a great deal about your mentality. If you take the trouble to find out, there are clips available that illustrate the trajectory of the bullet which grazed past Malala’s brain but shattered her skull and destroyed the hearing in her one ear as well damaging nerves which left the left side of her face partially paralysed. They also show how a titanium plate was hand crafted to precision to cover and repair her skull. An implant to improve her hearing was also provided. She is still undergoing treatment for her facial nerves. Her doctors reported that throughout her stay in hospital, that child did not shed one single tear. You ask what Malala has done? She has defied a nihilistic death worshipping cult with an indomitable spirit, unimaginable courage and remarkable strength of character. And when, out of malice and vindictiveness or even fear, those cowards shot her and left her for dead, she rose once again like a Phoenix with renewed determination to vigour to achieve her noble goals. And in doing so she has become an icon figure for freedom, justice and enlightenment. Millions, all over the world are inspired by Malala and have taken her to their hearts. The real tragedy is that the naysayers, the doubters and the accusers are a great number of her very own people. But that child is destined for true greatness. Her soul has already soared to peaks beyond your imagination. I expect the wise ones at Dawn will once again refuse to print my post as they invariably always do. But it helped to get this off my chest.
Arun
May 24, 2013 01:12am
After a long period of ignoring the Naqvi blogs, I stepped in, gingerly, thanks to this one's catchy title. But Naqvi disappointed me again. Mr. Naqvi, even ardent Pakistani's now find good things to say about India. You don't have to write to please them any more. Time to grow up and move on.
Goodness Grace Me
May 24, 2013 02:08am
With due respect to your fellow Lucknowite sentiments, old fashioned values doesn't mean drawing parallels to IMF and Taliban, Notion of Democracy and Taliban, just some examples in this topic. To what extent does someone go to uphold his anti-Hindu sentiments in every article he writes? There is a lot of difference being a pro ideology and anti-ideology
umesh bhagwat
May 24, 2013 02:20am
It is impossible to mend fences with the taliban. They have to be exterminated with the support of the Army.
Junaid
May 24, 2013 02:28am
Tell her that she is a small pawn in a big game. All her glorification was a game, so was the creation of Taliban, the "war" against terror, the terror itself, and now the peace process. Its a game played by the powerful with the commoners as collateral damage.
Nobluc
May 24, 2013 03:04am
Another article from Mr. Naqvi... another yawn from me. Seriously, I have never achieved to read Mr. Naqvi's articles completely. Some how I feel his claims are exagerrated. Doesn't everyone know that US nuked Japan? yet they are in the best of terms.
Anidesh, Mumbai
May 24, 2013 06:05am
Well said ! I too could not understand the essence of this article.
Guru
May 24, 2013 10:57am
Raj did not tell he read the article! :-)
george
May 24, 2013 11:56am
Funny, you can only read him in Dawn.
george
May 24, 2013 11:58am
He wants muslim rule
Vishnu Mohan
May 24, 2013 03:08pm
The fact that Mr Naqvi stays in Delhi and has full freedom to report such garbage about the nation that hosts him , is a good enough reason to believe, India with all her maladies is long way off from increasingly talibanised Pakistan. That itself is a good enough reason for Malala to come to Delhi and add some sense into this authors spelling mistake ridden reportage, without being scared of rotting 6 feet under like Mr Taseer or Mrs Bhutto!
Menon Mohan
May 24, 2013 04:12pm
This gentleman is horribly talentless and most of his articles are bordering absurdity.Sorry to be blunt.You can yourself gauge the outrage of Indian readers from their comments.If making imaginary and fantastic claims and comparisons is journalism,am sorry this is not journalism but garbage writing.Let me tell you this gentleman hardly features in any Indian newspaper columns.Finally i seriously doubt you are an Indian as you are bend upon defending someone like Jawed Naqwi,which hardly anyone has done.
Paleed
May 24, 2013 05:26pm
Naqvi shows why India is India , and China and Pakistan are .....well you guessed it China and Pakistan . Can you imagine a Hindu from Pakistan or Tibetan from occupied Tibet writing the same thing in an Indian Newspaper and still alive and not blasphemed !
Ram
May 24, 2013 05:43pm
Now, the writer is a qualified journalist , or a writer for that matter ?\ Pity you dawn
Mauren
May 24, 2013 06:01pm
How about an article titled: If Jawed Naqvi were a Pakistani? Would he sing the same tune? Would he perpetuate mischief in an Indian newspaper?
Gautham
May 24, 2013 06:52pm
Sandip, I agree. We should not run away from seeing our problems. What kinds of nation will we become if we are intolerant to be cognizant of issues we face and intolerant of someone holding critical views of our society? It's irrelevant if he is a Hindu or a Muslim or atheist (though I strongly believe he is an atheist). I take as much offence to someone talking in a patronizing way about 'India belongs to Muslims too' as I take about demonizing a community en masse. Not all what Mr Naqvi writes makes sense and I believe people get confused and frustrated and the only message they see is some 'ant-India rhetoric' and miss the woods for the trees.
rahil
May 24, 2013 06:52pm
waste fo time
Syed Amanatullah
May 24, 2013 07:56pm
Absolute non sense article. Waste of time to read it as it directs no objective